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Bogey Man

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Bogey Man

Thinking I knew you from your smile
you wormed your way in with guile
my bete noire*, my bogey man
long of tooth and without a clan 
I let you in, a worm with style.

le grand faux pas*, angel vile,
seeming weak, yet, so versatile.
Hobgoblin of dread, bogey man 
Thinking I knew

Shrink back now into your defile
of sagging skin and toothy smile.
But, I have seen a reviled hand
and my open heart still here stands
wishing sweetness all the while
Thinking I knew


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  1. Date: 5/21/2012 8:25:00 PM
    very good,,,,, I think most of us know someone like this,,,, and we open the door anyway,,,,, have a blessed day Debbie ;}

  1. Date: 5/20/2012 1:04:00 PM
    Ooooh, I like this one a lot Debbie!

  1. Date: 5/17/2012 12:32:00 PM
    Mercy! So cool!

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 12:45:00 PM
    love this one, Debs - especially hobgoblin of dread. many congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 8:49:00 AM
    another great piece from a super creative poetess .. the idea of a "boogyman" frightened me for years as a child ..but then I grew up.. haha.. now he is afraid of me..luv.. how u been?

  1. Date: 5/16/2012 8:49:00 AM
    another great piece from a super creative poetess .. the idea of a "boogyman" frightened me for years as a child ..but then I grew up.. haha.. now he is afraid of me..luv.. how u been?

  1. Date: 5/15/2012 10:28:00 PM
    : D "Shrink back now into your defile of sagging skin[...]"!! Deborah!

    O. Avatar Ruben O.
    Date: 5/15/2012 10:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My best wishes in Cyndi's contest! : )
  1. Date: 5/15/2012 10:28:00 PM
    : D "Shrink back now into your defile of sagging skin[...]"!! Deborah!

  1. Date: 5/15/2012 9:05:00 PM
    Hmmm, does bete noir mean bogey man?? That was the phrase I was unfamiliar with. You sure did a very interesting one and I love the rondeau style you chose, Debs! Oooh, that bogey man!!

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 5/16/2012 6:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    yes bete noir can mean bogey man/ black night...
  1. Date: 5/15/2012 7:44:00 PM
    ahhhh! :) Breath-taking! this is awsome, Debbie! I love the depth...perfect use of the french phrases....all Brilliantly done...:) big hugs, love ya deb

  1. Date: 5/15/2012 4:29:00 PM
    ...."Smile ~ I Think I'd Worry More About, 'Big Foot,' Than The Boogey Man; 'Actually, My Luv.'" *

  1. Date: 5/15/2012 4:26:00 PM
    ...."Smile ~ I Think I'd Worry More About, 'Big Foot,' Than The Bogey Man; 'Actually, My Luv.'" *